Elizabethtown Republican Essex County Supervisors have thrown their support behind Matt Doheny in the race for U.S. Congress.
During a press conference June 18 at the Elizabethtown restaurant Deer’s Head Inn, St. Armand Supervisor Joyce Morency made the official announcement to back the Watertown Republican candidate in advance of the June 26 federal GOP primary.
“We will work very hard for him and he will be proud of us,” Morency said.
“The supervisors are following the lead of the Republican Committee,” Essex County GOP Chair Ron Jackson said. “This is the second time that we have endorsed him. We feel that he is the best qualified to represent us and to get the jobs issue straightened out and work on getting the economy back on track.”
Doheny said that he was grateful for the endorsement.
“This endorsement means a lot to me,” Doheny said. “You supervisors are the people who are on the front lines of the challenges that we face. I have met with everyone and we are going to work hard with you to get the economy back on track.”
Doheny has also been endorsed by New York State Sen. Betty Little.
“We pushed to cut spending and close our multi-billion dollar deficit in New York,” Little said via a June 11 press release. “Our federal government should be expected to do the same. I have the utmost confidence that Matt Doheny will be a leader in this effort, and that’s why I’m pleased to endorse him.”
Doheny is facing a June 26 primary against Kellie Greene in the race top be the Republican nominee for the 23rd Congressional District, a seat that is currently held by Plattsburgh Democrat Bill Owens.
Doheny was one of nine candidates who attempted to seek the party nomination after then congressman John McHugh was tabbed to be the Secretary of the Army in 2009, eventually losing out to Dede Scozzafava, who dropped out of the race three days before the election and endorsed Owens.
In 2010, Doheny won his party’s primary against Lake Placid accountant Douglas Hoffman, who then ran as a Conservative and was pointed to as the reason why Doheny lost a close race to Owens after receiving 6 percent of the General Election vote.
Also on June 26, three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination to face current Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, including Wendy Long, Bob Turner and George Maragos. Last week, Long received the endorsement of the Essex County GOP and has picked up the majority of endorsements in the campaign.